Hermiston Police News: Suspects arrested on charges of Theft I, Criminal Mischief, and Graffiti

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On the 7th of November, 2012, Hermiston Police Department Officer Robinson received a call of suspicious persons in the area of W Joseph / SW 9th. Officer Robinson was initially unable to locate the subjects, but stayed in the area and eventually located three males, 19 year old Fernando Garcia, 18 year old Christopher Garcia and a 16 year old juvenile male that all reside at 1215 SW 11th #108.  When the subjects were contacted it was found they were in possession of several stolen items from vehicles. Further investigation found these three subjects also sprayed painted several vehicles, houses and other assorted objects with graffiti. There are currently 15 known victims of either theft, or graffiti in this case. The investigation is continuing. ***Note*** the graffiti WAS NOT gang related, but consisted of offensive language, faces, and painting over license plates.

The following charges were filed as a result of the interaction:

Fernando, Christopher Garcia and the 16 year old male were all three charged with Theft I, Criminal Mischief III, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Unlawfully Applying Graffiti, Possession of Graffiti Implement, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. There were several counts of the above charges with further charges pending. Fernando and Christopher were lodged s lodged at Umatilla County Jail.

The 16 year old male was cited and released to his mother, 50 year old Marisela Bazan, 1215 SW 11th #108 who was cited for Failure to Supervise. 

“The thefts from vehicles were crimes of opportunity. The vehicles were left unlocked with valuable items inside. Stolen items found in the suspect’s possession consisted of a handgun, GPS units, cellular phones, and keys. These thefts bring to light the need for citizens to be vigilant about the items they leave in their vehicles as well as making sure their vehicles are locked," reports Lieutenant Darryl B. Johnson

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